What’s your Chinese Zodiac Style?

What's your Chinese Zodiac Style Personality

The 2015 Chinese New Year starts on Thursday February 19th!

I’m super excited because its the year of the Sheep and both me and The Renaissance Man are under the Chinese Zodiac sign. This means that this is an important year for all those born under the Sheep Sign. I affirm that we will receive all kinds of good tidings and success for us, this is OUR year!

Similar to our Horoscopes, the individual signs of the zodiac each have very particular personalities and different sense of style. Below is the style guide for each Chinese Zodiac Sign! Let me know if your personal sense of style fits your sign!

 

RAT

Rat Years: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

Personality: Those born under the year of the Rat have a steady and calm demeanor. Might be overcautious but overall a very peaceful. Make love not war! Rats are generally positive people but conservative and well thought out in their choices

Lucky Colors:  Red and White

Celebrities Style Stars born in the year of the Rat: Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde,Cameron Diaz, Gwenyth Paltrow

Style Personality: Those born under the year of the Rat are glamorous and classy. They look best in elegant, form-fitting clothing. They embody the cool, casual but stylish California girl style. Loves items that are simple and classic. Look as great in jeans and a simple form fitting dress

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Photo credits: Brooklyn Blonde, Tuula Vintage, Wendy’s Lookbook

 

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Hee Grand – Women Hot Skinny Jeans $15
Sheinside – Chunky Cable Knit Sweater $16
For Love & Lemons -San Marcos Mini Dress $194
Forever 21 – Sheer Striped Blouse $17.80


 

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Monkey Years: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028

Personality: Those born in the year of the Monkey are witty and  intelligent, they are great conversationalists. They are also positive and honest, a good friend to have around. The life of a party, monkeys are fun loving, charismatic and playful. They love a good laugh!

Lucky Colors: White Blue Gold

Celebrity Style Stars born in the year of the Monkey: Selena Gomez and Kim Kardashian

Style Personality: Monkeys are not generally afraid to show their skin and they definitely have a lot to show off! Monkeys love body conscious clothing and men love to watch when they enter and leave a room!

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Dear-lover – PunkClutch Bag $20.99
Locomotive – Leather Jacket $70
Shoedazzle – Ingaro Boots $80
Sheinside – Blue Bodycon $16.50


 

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Rooster Years: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029.

Personality: Roosters are usually on time and not thrilled when others are late. Exceedingly loyal and trustworthy they can keep a secret. Independent and ambitious, Roosters are goal oriented. Often considered a good looking group of people they love. to dress up. Don’t ruffle the Rooster’s temper, they tend to have a hot temper! Friendly and sociable, Roosters love people and people love Roosters! They have star quality and talent to spare.

Lucky Colors: Gold brown yellow

Celebrity Style Stars born in the Year of the Rooster: Ariana Grande, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez,

Style Personality: The Rooster fashionista has a very distinctive personal style, she is a DIVA! Everyone notices when she walks into a room and she looks as hot in jeans as she does in a red carpet gown

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 Photo Credits: Wendy’s Lookbook, Veckorevyn, All Women Stalk

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Onlymaker – Leopard Printed Pumps $70 
Black Faux Leather Legging $12.99
PrettyGuide –  Sweater Crop Top $24 
Sheinside -Gold Dress $28.37


 

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Dog Years: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030

Personality: Those born in the Year of the Dog are brave and respected, they are full of courage and great to have on a team. They are a welcome presence and people just love to be them. Those born in the Year of the Dog loves the spotlight and attention, they don’t mind being the star. Not a shrinking violet the dog isn’t afraid to speak her mind.

Lucky Colors: Red green purple

Celebrity Style Stars born in the Year of the Dog: Nicki Minaj and, Naomi Campbell

Style Personality: The Dog fashionista is fearless and outspoken. She has an air of royalty about her and isn’t afraid to wear the bright colors of royalty. She doesn’t leave the house without dressing up!

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Photo Credits: Feral Creature, Rocki Barnes, Vandifair

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Nasty Gal – Anarchy Vegan Leather Heel $88
Nasty Gal On the Prowl Leopard Romper $78
Chicnova – Red Jumpsuit $13.21
Sisters the Label – Pink Romper $339

 


 

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Sheep Years: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

Personality: Those born in the year of the Sheep are calm, artistic and quiet, they could be considered introverts. They are great artists and creators and are very inspirational to their peers. They are great planners and confident about their organizational skills.

Lucky Colors: Brown, red, purple

Celebrity Style Stars born in the Year of the Sheep: Kate Hudson and Nicole Kidman

Style Personality: Sheep fashionaistas are not big on following fashion trends but they have a very strong, personal sense of style. Their style can be described as classic meets modern style with just the right amount of  of edge

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Photos Credits: Wendy’s Lookbook, Sincerely Jules, Wendy’s Lookbook

 

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Long Maxi Skirts Dress – $16.50

 MyLux Connection – Bag $42.99

Leopard Print Shawl $4.32 

Cos – Red Dress – $59


 

OX

Ox Years: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

Personality: Those born in the Year of the Ox are patient and careful about decisions. They are very loyal and has steady and dependable, you can trust them for long term relationships and friendships. They are not easily influenced and very grounded. Those born in the Year of the Ox are considered hard worker and strong believers.

Lucky Colors: Blue yellow green

Celebrity Style Stars born in the Year of the Ox: Anna Kendrick, Keira Knightly

Style Personality: Ox Fashionistas are very classic and have a simple style. They are not up on the latest trend but they have a very timeless Style. They enjoy pieces that could last a lifetime.

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Photos Credits: Amber and Hilary, Wendy’s Lookbook, Viva Luxury 

 

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High Waist A-line Skater Skirt – $13.90
Hee -High Waist Poplin $18
Sheinside® Striped Loose $19.98
Littleboutique – Pointed Toe Stiletto Pumps $56 


 

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Pig Years: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031

Personality: Those born in the Year of the Pig have really good manners. They are innocent, sensitive and naive. Pigs are generous and focused on their goals. Those born in the Year of the Pig have well thought out plans, they don’t fly off the handle or get agitated or anxious  easily.

Lucky Colors: Yellow, gray, brown and gold.

Celebrity Style Stars born in the Year of the Pig: Kendall Jenner, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mila Kunis

Style Personality: Pig fashionistas like earthtone colors. They are very feminine in their style. Their style is sometimes sensual and sexy but never trashy or slutty

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Photo Credits: ___, Lace and Locks, Wendy’s Lookbook 

 

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High Low Skirt $18.95 
Revolve – Feather Mini Skirt – $298
Halogen – Lila Pump 
Christian Louboutin – So Kate Pump – $675


 

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Snake Years: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025

Personality: Those born in the Year of the Snake are skilled communicators. They are also philanthropic and compassionate and understand the importance of charity. Snakes are very good with money and rarely have money issuess. They are full of life and excited about it’s possibilities yet placid and calm on the surface.

Lucky Colors: Black, red, and yellow

Celebrity Style Stars born in the Year of the Snake: Taylor Swift, Shakira, Lucy Hale

Style Personality: Snake fashionistas often have a style reminiscent of Classic old Hollywood fashion. They are not quick to jump onto the latest trends. Snakes love fashion for fashion, for them its not about showing skin and showing off to men.

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Photo Credits: Atlantic Pacific, Gary Pepper Girl, Wendy’s Lookbook

 

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Imixcity – Mini Skater Skirt – $29.99
Doublju – Pea Coat – $48.99 
Etosel – Chiffon Long Maxi Skirt – $12.58 
Nicholas – Ball Dress – $695


 

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Horse Years: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

Personality: Those born in the Year of the Horse are full of energy and like large groups of people, they are definitely not an introverts. They have a great sense of humor and love to use it. Horses are easy going, they are able to go with the flow and make the most of whatever situation is thrown their way.

Lucky Colors: Yellow and green

Celebrity Style Stars born in the Year of the Horse: Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Stewart, Halle Berry

Style Personality: Horse fashionistas are not afraid to try new trends and wear form fitting clothing. They have a really great casual polished style in addition to a spot-on evening style.

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Photo Credits: Damsel in Dior, For Love and Lemons, Gary Pepper Girl

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MACHINE JEANS – Destroyed Distressed Denim $36
Helmut Lang – Black Blazer – $460
For Love and Lemons – Antigua Dress – $281
Asos – Sequin Backless Dress – $66.33


 

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Dragon Years: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

Personality: Those born in the Year of the Dragon are  full of courage. They are leaders  who are not afraid to try new things, their lives arent filled with abundant worry and concern. They say what they mean, mean what they say and say things with conviction and strength. They are a passionate people!

Lucky Colors: gold, silver, grayish white

Celebrity Style Stars born in the Year of the Dragon: Rihanna, Emma Stone

Style Personality: Dragon fashionistas are FIERCE! They know how to make a statement with their clothing and are bold and unafraid. They are comfortable wearing the newest trend or a stunning vintage piece or mixing and matching both!

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Photo Credits: Cape Cod Collegiate, Micah Gianneli, Style Caster

 

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TFNC – Dress with Sequin Skirt – $41.69
Wildfox – My Beating Heart sweatshirt – $108
Elle Tarpin – The Bang – $325
Guess – Mock Turtleneck Sweater Dress – $47.99


 

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Rabbit Years: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

Personality: Those born in the Year of the Rabbit are sweet and classy. They have really good manners – reminiscent of a Southern Girl! The Rabbit is very polished with careful attention to their appearances and details. They can often be big dreamers but they are also careful planners, they don’t make rash decisions.

Lucky Colors: Red, pink, purple, blue

Celebrity Style Stars born in the Year of the Rabbit: Angelina Jolie

Style Personality: The Rabbit fashionista is sexy and confident enough to pull off a form fitting, show stopping gown but she has a feminine style which leans towards beautiful flowing fabrics and lace details. She is a classic beauty at it’s finest and always perfect from head to toe, shes perfection!

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Photo Credits: Gary Pepper Girl, Rent the Runway,Viva Luxury

 

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Nasty Gal – Niki Shift Dress $88
Loslandifen –  Slender Leather Pumps $32.99
Badgley Mischka – Rent The Runway – $80 rental
Nicholas – Lace Trim Skirt – $309


 

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Tiger Years: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

Personality: Those born in the Year of the Tiger are leaders who are very confident about their decisions. They love to be the decision maker and be the one in charge. Tigers love the spirit of competition, they love a good challenge and they love a good and fair fight.  Tigers are trendsetters, not followers. They are always unpredictable, therefore always fascinating.

Lucky Colors: Blue, grey, orange

Celebrity Style Stars born in the Year of the Tiger: Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss.

Style Personality: Tiger Fashionistas are always one step ahead of the trends. They are  trendsetters and not a followers. Friends and fans may consider them to be fashion icons, muses. Tigers often have enough fashion sense to start their very own fashion line.

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Photo Credits: Shop Hers,

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Zehui – Vertical Striped Blouse – $8.50
Ollio – Ankle Strap Sandal $26.99
CeCe by Cynthia Steffe – Sleeveless Shift Dress $23.60
Jeffrey Campbell – El Carmen Platforms $160.

How to Rock the Bandage Bodycon Dress

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Whats great about the bodycon dress is that it hugs in all the right places and and holds you in so you don’t have to suck in your stomach or worry about eating too big of a meal before heading out for the night

Photography by Gustavo Ramirez

Style Moi dress, Forever 21 jacket, H&M Collection shoes by Jimmy Choo (super old)

 

 

How to wear Floral Print

I’m a girl who loves to wear big bright colors. I’m also loving the two piece high midriff-showing dresses this season!

Photography by: Gustavo Ramirez

Style Moi bralet & skirt, Forever 21 jacket, necklace is a PNG cutout by Adagem

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Day to Night Dressing

For some reason I have always been obsessed with rompers. This little white romper without all the accessories is fun and casual with a pair of sandals for daytime wear. With the black accents and statement necklace it becomes an edgier outfit that can be worn out at night!

Photography by Gustavo Ramirez

Style Moi romper, Forever 21 necklace, Shoedazzle shoes, Daiso sunglasses

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FREE Naughty Valentines Day Coupons for your Bae!

FREE Naughty Valentines Day Coupons for your Bae!

Valentines Day is right around the corner and I love to gift The Renaissance Man with kinds sorts of sexy gifts. One of the little things I like to include for him is a super naughty set of sexy coupons for him to redeem throughout the year.

Don’t worry! These coupons can be used for your girl too! Any excuse to spice things up!

Just print out these free printables on card-stock and cut them out!

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Restaurant Review – Dumpling House Arcadia

Had lunch at Dumpling House – was actually trying to grab Dim Sum but the line was too long! We chose Dumpling House because it was very busy inside, it ended up being a great choice! They’ve been open for over eight years in Arcadia and have another location in Gardenia. Dumpling House specializes in Shanghai style dumplings and cuisine

I love Chinese cold appetizers, we started off with the Two Delicacies appetizer which included seaweed salad and potato salad combo. This was our favorite dish out of all the noms. There was a great contrast between the two flavors, the seafood being more salty and umami and the potato salad being sharp and tangy.

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The green beans were great! Chinese restaurants often mess up on green beans, the flavor hasn’t soaked into the beans at all. At Dumpling House Arcadia the beans were perfectly garlic-y.
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The soup dumplings at Dumpling House Arcadia were good but not quite on the level of Din Tai Fungs, which is just across the street. IMG_1805

Fried Dumplings – good! We were starting to get incredibly full…
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Fried Scallion Pancakes – could be crispier
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Pork Noodle Soup – I wouldn’t order this again. The broth was delicious but the meat was tough and chewy
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Dumpling House Arcadia
921 S Baldwin Ave, Ste A
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 445-2755

6 Amazing Hacks for Big Beautiful Voluminous Hair

6 Amazing Hacks for Big Beautiful Voluminous Hair

The Cheater’s Guide to Big Beautiful Hair

1. DRY SHAMPOO

This is a quick and easy tip. I use but powdered dry shampoo has been said to actually work better. I wash my hair only every three days as recommended by my stylist. Dry shampoo acts to soak up any of the natural oil on your scalp and hair and gives you a quick volume boost. On top of that your hair smells clean and fresh as if its freshly shampooed!

My favorite dry shampoo: Batiste Dry Shampoo $9.18 

2. HOT ROLLERS

I like to go with the larger rollers to create volume. After your set is all heated up and ready to go, section out a piece of your hair from the front of your scalp. Hold the section up away from your head and roll the rollers towards your head and secure. I like to work from the front to the back and then come up to roll up any remaining hair from the sides of my head.

Then just sit back and wait and for the curlers to cool!

After the rollers are cooled, remove the curlers starting from the front. Do not brush your hair — instead using your hands to fluff up and style!

Finish it up with some hairspray and dry shampoo at the roots!

Here’s a great tutorial from Pinkcupcake211

My favorite curlers: Conair Extreme Heat Jumbo and Super Jumbo Rollers (ONLY $20 BUCKS!)

3. CURLING IRON

Instead of Hot Rollers, you can use a curling iron.

Take inch wide sections of hair, wrap the hair around the curling iron, turning the iron backwards, and leaving the ends out. Wait for the hair to get heated and pull it out

Heres a great tutorial from Signature Series

3. TEASE TEASE TEASE

You’ll only need to tease the hair at your crown and on the top of your hair. You are aiming for your roots. A teasing comb is preferred but any run of the mill comb works also!

Grab a 1-2 inch section of your hair and hold it up and away from your head. With your comb, tease the backside of your until its as big as you like it. Repeat over all sections

Recommended teasing comb: Marilyn Brush Teasing and Backcombing Brush

Here’s a great tutorial from Melissa Kristin

4. ADD BANGS

Natural Bangs: There are the traditional straight cut bangs, my hair isn’t thick enough to support this style of bang. I only discovered side swept bangs in my late twenties and they were a revelation. The key for me is to grab hair from the middle of your scalp, pull it forward to a and sweep it to your preferred side. Your hair will probably need some training before it starts to hold this position, but it covers part of your forehead and makes your hair looks super thick up front.

Great sideswept bang tutorial by Emily Liu

Clip-On Bangs: If you don’t want to experiment on your real hair, take a spin with clip-on bangs first. These are so easy to use and look very natural. In one minute – PRESTO! – you have a full luscious bang!

There are a wide variety available but these are my favorites: Clip-On Bangs

5. BUY IT!

This isn’t the Cheaters Guide to all Natural big beautiful hair after all! There are many solutions available on the market. Here’s a brief overview:

Extentions: Extensions are my absolute favorite but they are pricey. $1300-$1600 is the estimated cost for a full head of extensions – including the cost of the hair and the application. The process takes 3-5 hours and lasts 2-3 months

*I like to purchase my hair from The Hair Shop

*If you live in the Los Angeles I highly recommend Victor Valverde for the best extensions ever (and he’s super fast!)

Clips Ins: Many girls swear by clip-ins. They don’t work for me because I suck at putting them in and I like big hair solutions that are semi-permanent and don’t come out at the end of the night.

Lace Front: For photo shoots and live performances/appearances the Lace-Front wig looks great. It IS a wig though, so ultimately I find it too uncomfortable for a long term solution.

Weaves (beaded): I currently have beaded weft hair weave and I am thrilled with them! I don’t prefer the normal sewn-in weave, it’s way too bulky on the back of my head and can be very noticeable. The beaded weave lasts about 2-3 months, and you just need to get them tightened which costs under $100. This is a very affordable alternative to bonded extensions. Most stylists charge per row of hair installed. The cost is about $30-40 per row. I currently have two rows and my hair is full. Typically you would pre-purchase your hair and bring it to the stylist to install, costing about $150-300

*I like to purchase my hair from The Hair Shop

*If you live in the Los Angeles I highly recommend Annie at Just Extensions

The Cheaters Guide to Big Beautiful Voluminous Hair


 Here’s my personal hair saga:

“The bigger the hair, the closer to God”

I’ve always been at war with my hair. Although it is naturally soft and silky as Asian hair often is, it is thin. This is further exacerbated by the fact that I have a high forehead and my thin hair didn’t allow me to have the straight cut bangs that I desperately wanted. Luckily in the 90s, grunge was in style and I was a rocker girl so big hair was not required at all.

Halfway through college I started pin-up modeling which was a revelation. So many tricks and secrets were revealed to me about how my fellow models achieved their thick, luxurious manes. (I was introduced to false eyelashes for the first time which solved my thin eyelashes problem!)

My super blah natural hair

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One of the models that I was shooting with introduced me to hair extensions.  I didnt even know that anything like that existed!

It changed my life.

She introduced me to an extensions master on Sunset. Back them, about 10 years ago, she charged $500 for the application. You could purchase your extensions from her vendor or bring your own – which would be about another $200.  The application of the hair would take hours. Each extensions was individually attached to your own hair using heated wax. The process was so timely she had a large selection of romantic girl movies to pop in to kill the time. These extensions would last about 2-3 months. It tripled the amount of hair I now had.

I was closer to God!

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Hair extensions are crazy expensive now — often costing $800-$1000+ for the application alone. It’s not my #1 choice for an affordable hair solution but it is my favorite.

I’ll get to my recommended tricks soon! I’ve tried them all….

I went through a period where I wore a lace-front wig! This was one of my favorite looks because I could pull down the hairline and shrink my five-head. Beyonce, Tyra Banks, and other many African American celebrities use the lace-front wig. The wigs are very expensive but they really do look very natural. This solution is not preferred because its a wig and wigs feel awful!

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Throughout the years I remained desperate for bangs. Its almost impossible for me to have bangs because my hair just isnt thick enough. The Hair Shop came out with Clip-On Bangs — which was AMAZING.

All the bangs I’ll ever need!

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Here is my current hair

Big Hair Don’t Care!

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Good as Gold Jumpsuit

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Gold Jumpsuit wearing shoedazzle and rochelle carino

 

Gold Jumpsuit wearing shoedazzle and rochelle carino

I love this jumpsuit but I regret not taking off my jacket to show this sleek and sexy jumpsuit in its entirety! Shoes are from Shoedazzle and I can’t say enough about Shoedazzle, it’s the only place I am shopping for shoes currently – highly recommend!

Photos by: CB4TOS

Wearing: Rochelle Carino jumpsuit and jacket, Shoedazzle shoes

Quarters Korean BBQ

As all my close friends know: I am Korean BBQ obsessed. I am trying out some of the local Koreantown spots, but I am not focusing solely on top 10 obvious spots that everyone raves about. Quarters Korean BBQ just opened right next to the ever popular Hae Jang Chon Korean BBQ Restaurant. After we left Quarters, Hae Jang Chon still had a long line outside and Quarters was only three-quarters full. It’s just as good as Hae Jang Chon but you can skip the wait.

Quarters has a fun tapas concept, you can order a wide variety of quarter lb plates, so its possible to try a wide variety of meats. Most importantly the meat is of great quality! We opted for the Prime Beef Combo which was $49.75. It was too much meat for just two people, it would be perfect for three people. This combo included:beef belly, seasoned boneless short rib, marinated beef chuck and beef outside skirt. It also comes with all the typical fixings, banchan, steamed egg and kimchi chigae

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Quarters BBQ has a different take on the typical korean potato salad, their version is pumpkin. It was sweet and tasty – I love the typical korean potato salad and prefer it but this was a fun change
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The silken tofu was nice but could have used a lot more sauce
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I’ve never seen this before, at first I thought the red bowl was filled with cheesy corn but it was just cheese fondue style! The Renaissance Man LOVED this, all his bbq was dipped and he ordered a second bowl of cheese on top, took the leftovers home and made a taco the next day
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This is the seasoned boneless short rib, I believe it was seasoned with some sesame oil and a hint of salt. My second favorite cut!
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A MUST – the steamed egg – why is it never this light and fluffy when I try to make it at home?

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The kimchi was served in a big tureen and it had generous amount of pork belly and included fish cake, which I havent seen before. I was full by the time that it came out and could only take a few sips but it made for a great dinner the next day

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Quarters Cha Dol was some of the best in town, very fatty and juicy. It was so light and fluffy that I managed to finish the entire plate even though I was beyond stuffed
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One on One with Aiko Tanaka

One on One with Aiko Tanaka

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PHOTOS SHOT BY: ME!

I decided to add an interview series to my website and the first person who came to mind for this section was Aiko! Aiko is one of my favorite people in the world. In our modeling days, we toured the country non-stop had the same dorky sense of humor and shared a special love for manatees. Aiko was famous for her ripped abs and she was an amazing gift giver, hshe knew I was obsessed with food so she would always send me food gifts by mail. There were crazy house parties, many gigs in Hawaii, and tons of goofing off in hotel rooms. We saw each other through crazy dating situations and she was always there for me when I was going through a hard time. I was always such a bitch and she was always so nice — she always stood up for me by calling me shy instead of just admitting that I was an asshole! Its not surprising to me that she decided to pursue comedy as a career, everyone always knew that Aiko had was hilarious and had the most offbeat sense of humor.

Aiko is now a super respected comic on the standup comedy circuit, touring across the country and appearing all over Hollywood at the famed comedy hotspots!

THROW BACK PHOTOS!

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“Hello kitty doesn’t have a mouth because in my country, the Japanese men prefer women that can’t speak!” – Aiko TanakaAiko Tanaka at The Laugh Factory

Kaila: How is pursuing comedy different from pursuing a modeling career?

Aiko: The difference is that you have to have much more patience in pursuing comedy. Modeling seemed so much easier, I started shooting for magazines and starting touring right away. In comedy it took me about three years to start traveling. English is not my first language, maybe that was also a factor. Another struggle is that I constantly have males coming up and saying perverted things. I used to take it personal but then realize those people would say that regardless of my past modeling career. 

Kaila: What’s it like being on stage as a comedian?

Aiko: I love attention good or bad. Even when I have a bad set, I make it dramatic and I still get attention so…haha

Kaila: What’s it like being a female comic?

Aiko: In Japan we have comedy also, and we have a lot of of female comics and they are all great but they are all ugly and fat and we find it so funny! Thats how I grew up but if you do that here you are called sexist…or, it seems more strict here. Back home its more loose but here people are always talking about “are women funny” or “are men better” like  its a competition. I think people are funny.

Kaila: As an attractive woman does that hold you back in the industry?

Aiko: Thank you! haha I think I’m ok? I think its good and bad. Good in that we look good on stage or tv, bad is that attractive women often get harassed or other male comics don’t treat them right. The industry is male dominated — everytime I enter the room its maybe 2 women and 8 guys. There are more and more Asian comics though!

Kaila: Which comics do you admire?

Aiko: Ali Wong. I really like her style, its different. I like fat people in comedy its funny to me. I’m also a fan of Mitch Hedgburg

Kaila: What is your ultimate goal?

Aiko: I would like to be a cast member, a supporting member, I think that a starring role would be too stressful, too much pressure! I like what Roseanne did. She was Americans sweetheart. Was she? (Kaila: She was more like Americans Anti-Sweetheart!) That was her thing, and I think its really cool what she accomplished although I am not that shocking. That overall road that she walked I liked

In my first three years of pursuing comedy I quit everything, acting, modeling, commercials. In acting I really wasn’t doing anything so it wasn’t that hard to quit, I was just submitting myself on Actors Access to be honest haha. Now I am just starting to pursue it all again

Kaila: What is the day in the life of a comic?

Aiko: I try to perform every night, what I struggle with is what is racist or what is pushing too far. So i need to try it out on a live audience and go up as much as possible. So when I have a show I don’t embarrass myself.

Kaila: Are there any other Japanese comics?

Aiko: Yes my friend Yoshi. You know…I didn’t even know that he had an accent. I can’t hear other peoples accents. I didnt even know that I had an accent. I think I sound fine

Kaila: What would you tell aspiring comics?

Aiko: Just do it, I think the first step is just to do it, to start. I am still learning also. Know its going to be a bumpy road and just enjoy that

Sometimes my set changes because people heckle or when the situation is different. I was in San Diego and I noticed how little things throw me off. The mic stand was not where I thought it was supposed to be so that threw me off and I found it interesting because I started off awkward in my head and the whole set thereafter was awkward -its interesting how our minds work. When I feel awkward they feel awkward. I think about Cesar Milan and his energy with dogs. That’s the kind of energy I want to have!

Kaila: Where can we see you perform next?

I currently perform a lot at The Comedy Store and now at Hollywood Improv!

Keep up with Aiko at her website!

 


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